Bakersfield in Kern County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Thomas Metcalf built this charming Eastlake-style Victorian house on the southwest corner of Dracena and C Streets near downtown Bakersfield in 1885.
Thomas Metcalf, born in St. Clairsville, Ohio, enlisted to fight for the Union Army as a private during the Civil War. In 1867, two years after the war ended, he married Elizabeth Wible. Thomas and Elizabeth had two children, Simon and Modena (Maude). The Metcalf family came to Kern County in 1883. They initially settled on a ranch south of Bakersfield.
Simon became an electrical engineer eventually settling in San Diego. Maude attended Mills Women’s Seminary College in Oakland, California. After returning to Bakersfield, she lived in this house until 1958. Maude taught at several local elementary schools including Bryant and Emerson. Maude was active in the Woman's Club of Bakersfield, serving as its president from 1938-39.
Raymond Jones donated this house to the museum in 1959.
Erected by Kern County Museum.
Location. 35° 23.59′ N, 119° 1.272′ W. Marker is in Bakersfield, California, in Kern County. Marker can be reached from Chester Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located at the north side of the Bandstand
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Court House and Jail (a few steps from this marker); Assay Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Cable Tool Drilling Rig (within shouting distance of this marker); Hotel Fellows (within shouting distance of this marker); Fraternal Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Dentist's Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Kern Valley Bank (within shouting distance of this marker); Standard End Pumping Unit (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Bakersfield.
Also see . . . Kern County Museum – Metcalf House. The Kern County Museum Website quotes the text of the marker and displays photos. (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
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